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Elizabeth Chapman

Elizabeth Chapman

Innovation Manager

Destinations Manager

A great guide, beautiful view and delicious food around a campfire – I love Africa for the simpler things

Elizabeth Chapman
Specialist countries
Namibia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Zanzibar, Kenya

My first taste of travelling somewhere exotic began when I was about 15 years old, when I spent a month in Mexico, and absolutely loved the buzz of doing something different every day. After I finished school, I set my sights on Africa, and did a three-month overland tour around Tanzania, Mozambique, Botswana, South Africa and Zambia. We spent about half this time in the foothills of Kilimanjaro, before heading on to hike, bungee-jump, scuba-dive, quad-bike and much more around the remaining countries. After a few more months travelling around Australia, New Zealand and Asia I returned to the UK to start university.

While studying economics at Exeter University, I took advantage of the long holidays to explore other corners of the world across Asia and travelling through Europe. After graduating, I packed up and moved to France to spend 6 months working in the Alps, before swapping the snow for the sun to spend 2 months doing marine conservation in the Seychelles.

I returned to London in 2009 to join the Expert Africa team. Since there I have spent 6-8 weeks each year travelling through Africa.
Highlights include trekking gorillas in both Rwanda and the Congo, climbing Kilimanjaro, chimpanzee trekking in the remote Mahale Mountains National Park, and fly-camping in the Selous.

I now spend the majority of my time helping to expand and develop our website and back-of-house systems, but am looking forward to my next trip back to Africa!

Elizabeth's most recent Africa trips


Tanzania

Tanzania

Jun 18 7 nights

Having not spent any real time in Ruaha in almost 8 years I was thrilled to discover it was just as special as I remembered. We had some remarkable game viewing, especially given we went early in the season - including wild dog, leopard and more elephant than I could possibly try and count! Kichaka was far and away the highlight - it doesn't get much better than following a small group of elephants, watching, and observing, and then retreating without them ever having known we were there. A very special place indeed.

Namibia

Namibia

Apr 16 16 nights

Having covered off Namibia's most popular areas on previous trips, it was time to explore some slightly more off the beaten track areas! This trip took me down through southern Namibia to the incredible Fish River Canyon, and over to Aus and Luderitz. There were some long, dusty drives, but standing on the edge of the Canyon certainly makes it worth it - it was spectacular. Lüderitz was a sleepy little place, but I loved the Zeepaard boat trip, and would highly recommend it to anyone who ventures this far.

Tanzania

Tanzania

Jun 15 8 nights

I was excited about returning to the Selous after many years. This was just a short trip, stopping in at some old favourite camps, as well as visiting Azura Selous - which was new for me. The Selous was experiencing some late rains this year which ran into 2015, so the game wasn't as good as we'd been hoping, but the boat trips were just as beautiful as I remembered. Finishing with a few days on the coast at Ras Kutani was a perfect relaxing end to the trip.

Elizabeth's previous Africa research


Country Arrived Length of stay Areas visited
Namibia January 2015 13 nights Windhoek, Namib-Naukluft National Park, NamibRand Nature Reserve, Swakopmund & Walvis Bay
Namibia May 2014 16 nights Windhoek, Swakopmund & Walvis Bay, Damaraland, Skeleton Coast & Kaokoland, Etosha National Park, Okonjima Nature Reserve , Central Highlands
Kenya September 2013 14 nights Nairobi, Meru National Park, Samburu National Reserve, Northern Kenya, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Maasai Mara Conservancies
Tanzania June 2013 14 nights Fanjove Island, Tanzania Coast, Arusha, Rubondo Island National Park, Katavi National Park, Mahale Mountains National Park
Zambia June 2013 8 nights South Luangwa National Park, Lower Zambezi National Park
Kenya August 2012 14 nights Laikipia, Maasai Mara Conservancies, Maasai Mara National Reserve
Tanzania July 2012 8 nights Tanzania Coast, Ruaha National Park, Selous Game Reserve, Dar es Salaam
Zanzibar, Tanzania February 2012 16 nights Stone Town, Pemba Island, Michamvi Peninsula, South-west Zanzibar, Mafia Island, Dar es Salaam
Tanzania October 2011 12 nights Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti Migration Area, Arusha
Rwanda August 2011 13 nights Kigali, Akagera National Park, Volcanoes National Park, Lake Kivu, Nyungwe Forest National Park
Tanzania May 2011 12 nights Arusha, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti Migration Area
Tanzania June 2010 12 nights Selous Game Reserve, Ruaha National Park, Mafia Island, Tanzania Coast
Seychelles April 2010 7 nights North Island, Mahe Island, Fregate Island, Denis Island, La Digue Island, Desroches Island
Tanzania, Zanzibar March 2010 12 nights Selous Game Reserve, Northern Zanzibar, East Coast Zanzibar, Michamvi Peninsula, South-west Zanzibar, Stone Town

Zanzibar, Pemba, Mafia

Zanzibar, Pemba, Mafia

Contributor 7th edition 2009

I helped research the Pemba, Mafia and Stone Town chapters of this book. Our trip (in February) coincided with Sauti za Busara - a music festival in Stone Town. Dancing in an old fort surrounded by Maasai was a strange but amazing experience!

Reviews from Elizabeth's latest travellers


J & K from London

Arrived 16 Sep 2017, 19 nights

"Our trip to Namibia 2017"

"This whole trip was a dream from start to end and exceeded expectations …" Read J & K’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Ms G from Sarnia

Arrived 15 Sep 2017, 13 nights

"A dream trip to Africa"

"Our trip to Africa was a dream come true.. It was better than I had anticipated. …" Read Ms G’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mrs K from London

Arrived 2 Sep 2017, 14 nights

"Trip of a lifetime I'll never forget!"

"This trip was the most exciting, inspiring, rewarding trip of my life. Thank you …" Read Mrs K’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Dr & Dr A from Cleveland

Arrived 29 Aug 2017, 18 nights

"A wonderful holiday"

"a truly wonderful 3 weeks in Namibia... the arrangements all went very smoothly. …" Read Dr & Dr A’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

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